ERRATUM: If you have read the header to this blog you will know that I make no claim as to the accuracy of any "Facts" published, so I feel no shame in admitting to another blooper. Andy, narrowboat Briar Rose, was kind enough to point out that the plan to double the locks did come to fruition. On checking, Alan H. Faulkner, in his book The Grand Junction Canal, tells us that in 1835 the Soke Bruerne Locks were duplicated and subsequently twenty three locks northward from the summit at Tring were given a narrow lock alongside for the use of single narrow boats, mainly as a water saving device. They didn't last long, by the 1850's they were being filled in as the water supply problems had eased due to the new reservoir at Wilstone. Some were used as the basis for side ponds. Plans to add duplicate locks south of the summit were scuppered by disagreements with the local millers at Kings Langley.
Thanks also to Andy for pointing me in the direction of narrowboat Morgan Le Fay's blog for a photo' of the collapsed lock 12 on the Aylesbury Arm. Does not look good.
But back to today, not too early a start and onto the water point at Marsworth Junction.
At Bulbourne Junction our intention was to turn right onto The Wendover Arm so we were about ready to leave the lock when a boat arrived to wind at the junction, just as a boat started to emerge from the arm to come into the lock, we deserved a gold medal in narrow boat synchronised dancing.
After a light lunch we set off for a stroll around the reservoirs that supply the summit of the G.U., Tringford, Marsworth and Startop's End.
We walked along the lane from Little Tring Bridge until we came to:-
The Met. Office seems to think that it may, N.B. may, start to warm up next weekend.
Watch this space...........